Which Winter / Snow Tire is Best for You?

As much as we don't like to admit it, summer is ending and snow is just around the corner. When it comes to winter driving, traction is key and it starts with your tires. Even those vehicles with four-wheel drive, ABS or traction control still rely on their tires for maximum traction. By design, all-season tires trade a little dry and wet road traction in...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Firestone Winterforce

Tires are used on 2002 (manual trans) and now 2003 (automatic) Honda CRV AWD, these tires are a very cost effective, albeit somewhat noisy, way to get winter traction in snow and slippy conditions. Moderately aggressive tread pattern, durable, softish compound still wears much better than I expected (4th winter now still in very good shape especially...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Grabber AT 2

This is the 2nd set of tires I have had on my truck. At first I had a set of Nexen street tires on the beast. The winter of 2010-11 had me replace those things fast.The wife and I are powder hounds and therefore need a tire that performs well in ice and snow. This is where this tire really just delivers. I can't tell you how many storms I have driven through...  Read More

General AltiMAX Arctic: A Cost-Effective and Capable Winter / Snow Tire

Having a lower price point than many winter / snow tires, some customers question the effectiveness of the General AltiMAX Arctic. This tire is perhaps not as soft as certain Studless Ice & Snow tires like the Bridgestone Blizzak WS70 or Michelin X-Ice Xi3, and it may give up a small amount of ice traction. However, this Studdable Winter / Snow tire has...  Read More

Studdable Winter / Snow Tires: With or Without Studs?

I am occasionally asked if drivers can run studdable winter tires, such as the Firestone Winterforce and the General AltiMAX Arctic, without the studs. The answer is yes, however if you're planning on using the studs check with your local authorities as there are restrictions and even bans in many states. We did some testing a few years back that helps...  Read More

Best Affordable Winter / Snow Tires

The latest and greatest technology in winter / snow tires is found in options such as the Bridgestone Blizzak WS70 and Michelin X-Ice Xi3. However, they can be priced higher than other winter tires with different technology. Even the most inexpensive winter tires will offer a noticeable improvement in snow and ice traction compared to all-season tires.            ...  Read More

Studdable Winter / Snow Tires: General AltiMAX Arctic and Firestone Winterforce

While most of the new developments in winter / snow tire technology are in the Studless Ice & Snow performance category, studdable snow tires remain a solid option for winter driving. Studdable winter tires tend to have a little longer treadlife than their studless counterparts, and are often some of the best-priced options in a given size. The combination...  Read More

Which Winter Performance Category is Right for You?

In order to purchase the correct winter / snow tire, you should decide which performance category works best for your driving style and the winter weather you experience. The three major categories are: Studless Ice & Snow, Studdable Winter / Snow and Performance Winter / Snow.Studless Ice & Snow tires give you optimum ice and packed snow grip, but are less...  Read More

Studdable Winter / Snow Tires are Available at Tire Rack

Slick snow- and ice-covered roads are inevitable in the winter, but you can be prepared to handle anything with a Studdable Winter / Snow tire. These tires can be used with or without studs. Without studs, a Studdable Winter / Snow tire will handle light and deep snow with ease due to a vast amount of siping and a dedicated cold weather rubber compound.  The...  Read More

What Performance Category of Winter / Snow Tire Do I Need?

As you begin to shop for winter / snow tires this year, you may discover there are different types available. Which leads to the obvious question: "Which one will work best for me?" General AltiMAX Arctic - Studdable Winter/Snow Bridgestone Blizzak WS70 - Studless Ice & Snow Michelin Pilot Alpin PA4 - Performance Winter/Snow Studdable Winter / Snow Tires in this...  Read More

Studded Winter / Snow Tires: General AltiMAX Arctic

With winter upon us, now is a great time to buy a set of winter / snow tires!  Most drivers tend to use Studless Ice and Snow or Performance Winter / Snow tires. However, we carry a selection of Studdable Winter / Snow tires for those who are after a traditional studded snow tire set-up. While their name would suggest tires in this performance category can...  Read More

Speed Rating: More Than Just Speed?

Here is a question I recently received in one of the BMW forums I moderate: "Speed rating is just about speed, right? I bought Continental ExtremeWinterContact 225/45-17 tires and I can't believe how they messed up my handling. My previous set of Vredestein winter tires were much better for the general handling. These tires are incredibly flexible, way too soft....  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Firestone Winterforce UV

This is my second set of Winterforce tires since 2004, which at that time weren't even branded as Firestone. I prefer studdable snows over the studless as I feel the studless are a waste of $. I have used many types of Winter tires dating back to the '90s, with some being a repeat purchase.In any event, these are decent tires that I would place...  Read More

Fit for a Fit: General AltiMAX Arctic

This past New Year's weekend, my wife and I took a trip to spend time with some friends about 45 miles from our home. We expected food, fun and festivities, however what we got was an unexpected 4" of snow and freezing mist on the plowed roads.Thankfully, we put a set of General AltiMAX Arctic winter / snow tires on her Honda Fit a couple of months ago when...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop SP Winter Sport 3D

First let me say that no snow tire will turn your FWD into a 4WD, but they will make it seem unstopable compared to regular all season tires. These tires are just amazing. A great compromise in Snow and Ice traction and Dry/wet pavement handling. Slush didn't faze them either. The noise level is on par with the touring tires I took off and the ride is...  Read More

General AltiMAX Arctic vs. Firestone Winterforce

Are you still researching winter / snow tires? Well, Thanksgiving has just passed us by and it's time to pare down your list and decide what tires are right for your vehicle. And to help you with your decision, take a look at two options available in the Studdable Winter/Snow category: the Firestone Winterforce and General AltiMAX Arctic. Firestone...  Read More

How Does Speed Rating Affect My Tire Choice?

How does speed rating affect my tire choice?What does the number and letter mean after the tire size?Q 99 mph 160 km/h Studless and studdable winter / snow tires R 106 mph 170 km/h H.D. light truck tires S 112 mph 180 km/h Family sedans and vans T 118 mph 190 km/h Family sedans and vans H 130 mph 210 km/h Sport sedans and coupes V 149 mph 240 km/h Sport sedans and coupes W 168 mph 270...  Read More

Looking for a Studdable Winter Tire? Try the General AltiMAX Arctic.

The General AltiMAX Arctic has proven to be a great value for the drivers of coupes, sedans, minivans and crossovers during the winter months. It's also the truck tire chosen for winter driving by many light duty pickup truck owners.A set of these General winter tires have the option of being equipped with studs to boost your vehicle's ice and hard...  Read More

Does Your Cruze Need Michelin Snow Tires, Bridgestone Snow Tires or Firestone Snow Tires?

Chevrolet's all-new Cruze has proven to be a popular choice among U.S. drivers. Many discerning drivers no doubt opted for this model due to its outstanding fuel economy. Part of that fuel economy was achieved by the O.E. all-season tires with which they were equipped. Unfortunately, these tires don't always perform so well in the winter. However, there are...  Read More

Best Winter / Snow Tires Available at Tire Rack

The snowy weather will be here before you know it. Since winter / snow tires are a seasonal item, September or October is the best time to make that all important winter / snow tire purchase. It's the months where in-stock inventory is the largest and you most likely won't have to settle for your second or third option.Let's take a look at the best-rated...  Read More